- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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Monochrome has to be one of the absolute easiest ways to put together a dope no-brainer outfit. In most cases it’s a sure fire way to get instantly chic. Real talk though – did I put on an all yellow/marigold outfit and think, “this is totally going to work”? Hell to the no. But did I give it a fair shot and hope for the best? Hell to the yes. I bought this jumpsuit because I absolutely loved the color, I loved that it was a bold look and that it would probably be a real test trying to figure out what the hell else to wear with it. It’s one of those items that kind of needs to stand alone, but with it still not being bare shoulder weather a coat was a must. Clearly I’ve got an addiction to anything and everything golden lately so I threw on a matching coat and voila – a bold look that miraculously worked! 1/2 the reason being because the colors matched so well, the other 1/2 being because I just decided to take the risk and try it.
[Photo from 2015 Governors Ball Preview]
Okay, one of the MAIN reasons I love the Oscars is because of the maj, maj, MAJ fashion that is served. Like a free expensive glass of champagne… or an unexpected (yet totally expected) free birthday treat at your fav restaurant… the fashion is the icing on the awards cake. The Oscars are where we get to see the best runway looks on people that are (kinda sorta not really) just like us?! The best of the best from every major fashion Haus is reserved for Oscar night, and the red carpet is almost just as fun to watch as the award show itself. Amirite? Anyway, because I love this sort of thing, this blog is particularly particular and not super related to LA, but since the Oscars took place in LA I’m letting it slide. Oscars weekend is practically a recognized holiday – they close down Hollywood Blvd for crying out loud!
SO. All that said, Oscars 2018 was the year of takes on old Hollywood glam mixed with bold and jaw dropping numbers. This would be my personal best dressed list:
Two words: TRENCH COATS. They’re a big thing in LA (and beyond) this season… but they’ve never really ever gone out of style, have they. Designers have been reimagining the trench coat for decades, and 2018 has truly outdone itself. I’ve been falling head over heels for wild textures, bright colors, and different ways to breath new life into this simple silhouette. While I completely condone a pink pleather knee length trench, starting with the basics is crucial for a lifetime’s worth of style – and for making the most of your money. For example, you really cant go wrong with a classic tan trench like the one I’ve got on. Trenches work on every girl, every body type, and every budget. You could go on a serious investment like a classic Burberry coat, or you could go with something a bit more “current” and affordable, like this Line & Dot option.
My favorite kind of shopping is shopping for gifts. For me. Ok fine, I do love shopping for friends and family too – I promise! But regardless of why we’re shopping, going to a store, trying on clothes, terrible dressing room lighting and the hassle of parking – it’s all a lot. But when you’re In Los Angeles, walking those sunny semi clean streets through different neighborhoods, it’s almost impossible not to stumble upon some cute locally owned shop that is very serious about their collection and selection of curated goods. The best part — besides the treats — you’re supporting small businesses and thus the local community. KUDOS BABE. MAJOR. KUDOS.
The wonderful thing about these shops too, is that the selection of goods range in price, so you’ll be able to find a gift within any budget. See below a list and short description of a few of my faves and PLZ let me know if I missed any in the comments! Would love to hear what YOUR favorite local shops are!
I had just 24 blissful hours in Ojai last weekend, and still I managed to pack a bag I could barely carry. Why do we do that? The fact of the matter is, we can’t help it, especially when we’re talkin’ vacation and we know the weather will be in your favor. There’s something particularly about the notion of a getaway that makes me want to bust out hats, prints, colors, ruffles – all the wild stuff. It’s gotta be cute, out of my usual norm, but most importantly: easy and affordable. Jumpsuits and dresses pack like dreams, so naturally this is what most of my suitcase consisted of on my Ojai trip.
It’s February! How the f*ck did that happen? And somehow I am STILL behind on life post returning from Europe. I promised a London guide this week and well… it’s taking a bit longer than expected. All good things do – amiright. In the meantime, I want to talk about the best color ever in the history of colors: red. AKA… my spirit color. I’ve been regularly wearing red lipstick since high school – been trying to be Gwen Stefani since I was 12, and red lips seemed like the easiest way to get there outside of bleaching my hair. These days though red is a frequent “accent color” in my everyday wardrobe. Sometimes it’s the whole damn thing, but for the most part I love to use red as my pop of color.
Feathers = extra. It’s kind of just a fact. A jacket like this can’t help itself but scream “HEY HI HELLO HEY HI LOOK AT ME.” I think we all enjoy a certain level of elevated fashion, as well a certain level of attention… but it can be tricky to find the happy medium with those loud pieces you just can’t help but love. You’ve probably got a few of those in your closet don’t you. It’s those ridiculous embellished boots or sandals, it’s that weird printed top you got on sale and thought “I can make this work”, or it’s that feather jacket you saw at a sample sale and bought on principle alone. – guilty.
If there’s one trend certainly brightening up any typical grey winter hues, it’s the abundance of striped rainbow sweaters. I’m seeing them EVERYWHERE right now – from Instagram to stores, right on the streets of Los Angeles. I’m not typically one for bright colors – maybe in moderation – but I am loving this fun “youthful” look.
Have you ever wanted to make your own clothes… kind of… but not really? Like, you love the idea of customizing your clothes but you’re sure as shit not about to actually make any yourself – OR pay the premium to have it made for you. Those of us who are fashion obsessed enough have definitely had dreams of tweaking things here and there to satisfy our particular and personal fashion standards. I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve thought, “god, this would be so much cuter if it had different sleeves”, or “why are the pockets here instead of there”. Or even worse, “why are there no pockets?” Well fortunately friends, its 2018 and we have Frilly.
True Life: I’m addicted to buying faux fur coats. I know. You’re like, “Caroline, you live in Los Angeles. It’s 72 degrees today and it’s January 5th.” Trust me, I have the same internal conversation with myself every time I find a new coat, but I cant help it! A part of me thinks it’s because they’re such a novelty. A part of me also thinks, wow, they’re all so inexplicably affordable. And another part of me is just like DAMN they come in fun colors and they’re so ridiculously fun to constantly pet. It’s only weird if you think it is. Whatever the root of my obsession may be, I have obviously become quite the faux fur collector and connoisseur, so I’m sharing with you my 5 favorite coats out there right now that are, faux, fabulous, fun, and most importantly – way affordable.